DUBLIN, Ireland Aug. 10 (Xinhua) - A total of 15,329 units of new private cars were sold in Ireland in July, down 18.2 percent compared with the same month of last year, according to the figures released by the country's Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Monday.
Volkswagen was the most popular make among all the new private cars sold in the month, accounting for 1,872 units or 12.2 percent of the total sales, followed by Toyota (1,813 units or 11.8 percent), Hyundai (1,351 units or 8.8 percent), Ford (1,313 units or 8.6 percent) and Skoda (1,168 units or 7.6 percent), the CSO figures showed.
The combined sales of these five makes accounted for nearly half of the total sales of new private cars in the country in July.
Of all the new private cars sold in July, diesel cars accounted for 6,440 units, petrol cars for 5,829 units, hybrid cars for 2,540 units and electric ones for 520 units, said the CSO, adding that the share of hybrid and electric cars in the country's total sales of new private cars had increased to nearly 19 percent in the first seven months of this year from 12.3 percent in the same period last year.
A total of 64,513 units of new private cars were sold in Ireland in the first seven months of this year, down 33.1 percent from a year ago, according to the CSO.
The CSO figures also showed that 34,856 units of used private cars were traded in the country in the January-July period of this year, down nearly 43 percent year-on-year.
Commenting on the figures, Olive Loughnane, a statistician of CSO, said that the impact of the COVID-19 crisis continued to be felt in the country's auto market in July.
But statistics from the CSO showed there have been a consistent improvement in the country's sales of new private cars over the last few months though the sales were still struggling in the negative territory.
In May, the sales of new private cars in Ireland plunged by 83.7 percent on top of a 90.3-percent drop in April when the local market was hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, the figure shrank to a negative growth of 43.3 percent.